The largest segment of snowboards on the market comes from the all-mountain freestyle category. It covers the widest array of possible riding scenarios one could come across. The Flow Drifter fits into that category perfectly with its I-Rock camber profile and directional twin shape.
Board: Flow Drifter
Camber Option: I-Rock. Rocker with a convex base between the feet, camber under foot, and flat out before the up kick in the tips.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Firm crusty groomers, fresh snow under an inch on top of that, windy, overcast, a bit of sun poking through, and just about every horrible condition the spring could chuck at me.
Flex: This board has that familiar playful but stable all mountain freestyle flex one would expect from a directional twin. The tip has some play then it stiffens up under foot, softens up just a hair in the middle, stiffer under the back foot, and then the tail is stiffer than that. The torsional give is highly abundant.
Stability: Riding through moguls, chop, chunder, side hits, and small children this board was stable but lively. It’s not a damp ride by any means which makes you feel every little bump and berm.
Ollies: This board can snap off natural features. Hit the apex of the transition and poof send it to the moon.
Pop On Jumps: The closest thing to a jump I hit on this board was a carved out side hit and it sucked up the tranny and boosted.
Butterability: While being a directional twin this doesn’t hinder the boards ability to butter. The tips have a sweet spot right outside the camber zones under foot that flex and lock into presses with ease.
Jibbing: While I wouldn’t recommend this board as a jib stick it has enough flex to do some basic presses or slides on features.The sweet spot much like with buttering locks in well enough and does its job.
Carving: This board wants to carve, getting out on the groomed runs or even the firm areas of snow it just locked in and took me for a ride. Ripping hard aggressive carves was not an issue nor were short quick set up turns. If you really want to lay one over this board will do that and you can feel that the edge hold is right underfoot due to the camber zones.
Rider in Mind: Guy that rides it all and wants a directional twin in case he sets back his stance on a powder day.
Personal Thoughts: This board is always fun for ripping around the mountain hitting side hits, boosting off natural terrain, and just doing general snowboard things.
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Disclaimer: This board was sent to us for product review from the Flow marketing department. This was a pre-production model there could be changes in the production model.